I am an individual that places people before anything monetary more often than not.Those that know me, or know of me, will tell you that with certainty.
However as the problems associated with safe truck parking here in America increase and concerns for a viable and sensible solution mount. I want to place money first in this case just briefly.
First, we understand that our nation operates on an economic and political system in which a country’s trade and industry are controlled by ‘private owners’ for profit, rather than by the state. So knowing this, it is easy to see why we have so many problems in this particular area of our Industry.
Second, we look at the litigious state of our country, is it easy for us to ascertain why our shippers and receivers refuse to accommodate our nations valuable OTR truckers regardless of personal safety? Yes it is.
Third, we look at our convoluted Insurance structure and notice that most policy’s are written based solely on ‘Liability’. Who can we blame or charge if something happens? How are we protected? Moreover ‘who’ are we protecting ourselves from. Or what are we protecting ourselves from? Well that’s easy, the answer is each other.
This reveals something stunningly sad, that a persons life will have value, after we have placed a value on what will protect them from their neighbor. What does this say about our priorities? So without ‘income’-as we have seen with drivers dying or being placed in harms way, senseless deaths have been the ‘outcome’! This is unacceptable.
Fourth, we look at the lack of care and concern that many who drive professionally and I use that term loosely with respect to some. Many drivers have shown a far less than savory attitude towards other peoples property, its seen every day. As a result those that do not act this way are paying dearly. That ‘must’ weigh on the conscience of drivers. Or is it like a bag of bricks, all they have to do is drop it and keep on trucking? They should be racked with guilt?
Consequently by their actions those we do business with, have made it clear they will not give concessions to those that have not earned it, or have in the past squandered their good graces. The unfortunate down side is that the respectable drivers in our country are despicably punished for the thoughtless actions of others. Isn’t that always the way? This is another obvious reason why the private sector is unwilling to step up to the plate and help solve the problem.
So knowing the aforementioned, what is the solution to our plight? Well its 3 fold.
First, we must enlist our industry heads to step forward and confront our nations truck stop owners, our customers and other members of the private sector to implement a viable, sensible, workable solution for the very people they have hired to do a job for them.
This means that yes, it is the responsibility of our company owners to make certain that they have gone above and beyond the call of duty to protect their investment. Ahh, there would be the operative word, ‘Investment.’
The truck driver is and always will be the very first investment that a trucking company owner is duly bound morally, ethically, and financially obligated to protect. There in brings me to this word. ‘Obligation’. This word has ‘sharp teeth’ and when used goes directly against how mankind thinks, lives or operates. As human beings we live most days believing that we are not obligated to do anything for anyone. But, this cancer would be one of the biggest reasons we have a truck parking issue.
Second, all companies owners must send out a letter to their entire driver base informing them that as we work to correct the truck parking issue, and seek resolution in this matter, we ask all of our drivers to live with respect for not only themselves, but for those they interact with daily. To make a concerted effort to live differently in and around truck stops, around our customers and around the general public. When we make it clear to them- that even those that do not feel it is their concern, make it their concern… and show initiative.Then those that do not care at all, may just step up and live outside of their comfort zone for everyone else as well.
Third, knowing that cost will most certainly be associated in order for safe truck parking solutions to be presented and implemented, find a reasonable and sensible method of recouping those costs over a longer period of time, so as to avoid the solution presenting a financial ‘burden’ for the very people that ‘need’ the solution.
In other words, do not punish someone because they require something just because it somehow inconvenienced us. That’s a nasty attitude, and it happens everyday in our country.
The truth is folks, it boils down to humanity and how willing are people here in a free America able to place their financial and personal beliefs aside, to tackle the problem for the benefit of everyone. Man is unwilling to give up the most powerful grip it has on Man,
Dominion. The effect of this, dependency. The cost, has been death, as was the case for recent murdered trucker Michael Boeglin.
So now lets place money aside as we redress our grievances? We see that it is a culmination of a great many things that has lead to this very serious problem. Sadly we have addressed it peaceably, to no avail.
So knowing this, we will deal with inadequate parking for truckers until the end of time. Unless all involved work together. Hmm…knowing Man. That’s going to be a tough one to get in the door, regardless of what angle we use.
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